Jesus' Friend St. Lazarus of Bethany, with his sister St. Martha
The Fifth Precept [Commandment] of the Church Expounded.
Q. WHAT is the fifth?
A. To pay tithes to our pastors.
Q. Why so?
A. Because as they feed us spiritually, it is fit we should feed them corporally.
Q. How prove you that?
A. Out of Gal. vi. 6. Let him that is catechised in the word communicate to him that catechised him, in all his goods. And 1 Cor. ix. 13, 14. They that serve the altar participate with the altar, and so the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel should live by the gospel.
(Source: "The Douay Catechism of 1649", by Henry Tuberville, D.D., of the English College of Douay, Imp.)
From: "The Real Principles of Catholics; Or A Catechism By Way Of General Instruction", by Right Rev. Dr. Hornihold, 1838.
Q. Which is the fifth precept (commandment) of the Church?
A. Payment of tithes.
"Tithes are commonly defined as: 'the tenth part of all fruits and profits justly acquired, owed to God in recognition of His supreme dominion over man, and to be paid to the ministers of the Church.' In the Old Dispensation this recognition was made by Abraham, promised under vow by Jacob, and legally regulated by Moses. In early Christian times, if there is no evidence of the existence of the practice, it is only because the voluntary offerings of the faithful were ample to supply the needs of the Church and its ministers ... in the Council of Macon in a.d. 585 is found the first express declaration of the Christian obligation of paying tithes, not indeed as a new law, but as the assertion of an admitted Christian principle." -Abbot Gasquet, "Parish Life in Medieval England", pp. 10-11, 1907 A.D.
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